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Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort adds nightclub and more for guests

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Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has added a nightclub, an adult bar, a teens club, cooking classes and cocktail making to its guest attractions.

The popular 181-key resort on the idyllic southern tip of Mauritius has opened the Onyx nightclub. The outlet is aimed at groups staying at the resort, especially those who use the purpose-built Crystal marquee for events. Guests can now continue the party after hours at the Onyx that features space for 200 guests, dance floor, DJ console, bar sitting area and an area for catering.

The resort has also unveiled The Garden Pool adults-only bar in the resort’s quiet pool zone. The intimate outdoor bar with ocean view is open all day. It is a popular venue for both pre-dinner sundowners and after-meal drinks. Teenagers now have their own all-day Teens Club with music, Wi-Fi, pool and soccer tables, air hockey and lounge chairs for chilling out.

As part of the changes, Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has also launched two cooking classes: modern Mauritian Creole and Indian, led by chefs Jerome and Sadien. Guests choose local ingredients, some from the chef’s garden at the resort. Moving to the kitchen, they then learn modern cooking techniques under supervision from the five-star chefs.

AccorHotels debuts world-first luxurious Orient Express Hotel in Bangkok King Power Mahanakhon

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AccorHotels is proud to announce the first Orient Express hotel will open in the landmark King Power Mahanakhon Building in Bangkok. Imprinted in both history and imagination, the Orient Express brand has been reinvented for the future, with a vision to build a collection of prestigious hotels, steeped in tradition, myth and adventure.

Esteemed designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with reimagining the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into a modern skyscraper in the heart of a bustling metropolis. The sumptuous bedrooms and exquisite bathrooms will bring new levels of style and luxury to Bangkok.

Within the complex is the recently launched Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest observation deck on levels 74, 75 and 78, while a King Power Duty-Free and Retail occupies levels one to four. A rooftop restaurant and bar on level 76 will also provide some of the best views in Thailand, making the King Power Mahanakhon Building the epicentre of Bangkok’s social scene, just as the Orient Express was the place to meet the most fascinating people at the beginning of the 20th century.

For over 135 years, Orient Express has inspired authors, artists and film directors, with famous guests including Josephine Baker, Albert Einstein, Coco Chanel, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich and Mata Hari.

New hotel openings in Singapore

This month, Six Senses Maxwell has opened its doors in Singapore’s Chinatown, after the heritage shop houses have been beautifully restored with interiors reflecting authentic colonial-style decor, with a modern twist.

The iconic Raffles Hotel has been undergoing major restoration work since the start of 2017. The grand re-opening will see three new suite categories, dining concepts and celebrity chef collaborations.

Those seeking a kids-free environment instead will find the answer in The Outpost Hotel at Sentosa. Designed as a trendy island getaway for adults and couples, 193 guestrooms are done in a stylish interpretation of colonial black and white design. A rooftop pool and bar present a perfect backdrop for evening cocktails, candlelit dinners and intimate celebrations.

Banyan Tree expands its global footprint in 2018 with 26 hotel signings

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Banyan Tree Group, the leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, announces its continuing global expansion with the successful signing during 2018, of 26 hotel agreements for its four brands. These are in addition to the current 48 hotels in operation at end 2018, and seven new hotels slated to open in 2019.

The projects comprise five Banyan Tree, 10 Angsana, two Cassia and nine Dhawa hotels and resorts. They encompass 17 projects in Greater China and the rest in Oceania (Fiji and Palau), ASEAN (Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam), and Europe (Austria and Spain). These are expected to become operational over the next three years.

The 26 new hotel agreements also exclude projects under negotiation and introduced by its new partners, the French hotel group Accor and the Chinese property developer Vanke, which became minority investors of Banyan Tree Holdings as well as strategic partners, around a year ago. Approximately a dozen projects initiated through the Vanke and Accor partnerships are in active negotiations.

Six Senses Fiji’s commitment to wellness lives on through house-made probiotics, bitters, tonics and more…

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The Wellness Kitchen, based at the Gourmet Deli at Six Senses Fiji, is a hub for the ultimate in haut health. From producing gluten-free products to homemade beverages guests can experience a new dimension of dining that incorporates wellness into every aspect of their stay. First up is the gluten-free bakery offering hot-out-of-the-oven bread, sesame crackers and flour that accommodates those with celiac disease or sensitive tummies.

The top priority in the bakery is creating wheat-free items with the taste, texture and flair found in every Six Senses’ oven. Gluten-free products are available at the Gourmet Deli where they are presented in glass jars which reduces packaging and also supports zero waste since produce is sold by weight.

Another area of the kitchen focuses on a range of ‘living’ drinks, ranging from homemade probiotics to tonics and more. Living by name and nature, this range is created with fresh ingredients –the majority grown on right on the property. These special drinks help cleanse the digestive system and keeping the gut happy which means living a healthier and longer life.

Spider-Man and the new “Spider-Verse” set to sling into Novotel 

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Novotel Hotels & Resorts are delighted to collaborate with Sony Pictures, celebrating the cinema release of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, in cinemas on December 13, 2018.

Novotel Hotels & Resorts much adored ‘Kids’ Corners’ will be taken over by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse between December 2018 and February 2019. Children are our special guests at Novotel Hotels & Resorts and the collaboration with Sony Pictures is a unique opportunity for children and adults to enjoy a fun, family experience.

As part of the collaboration, 25 Novotel Hotels & Resorts across the Australian network are transforming their ‘Kids’ Corners’ into a Spider-Verse adventure! Little Spider-Man fans will be delighted upon entering the corner, as they discover a space designed around the movie, themed with pillows, posters, activity sheets, toys and much more!

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